Your Ultimate July 4th Guide

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Are you ready for the big holiday celebrations? If you need a little help, I have some resources for you. And, in observance of the July 4th holiday, this will have to serve as Friday Afternoon Time Killers. So stop watching the clock and check out some ways to have a great holiday.

First, you should know a little about the holiday before heading out. This way, when your elders quiz you, you'll look like a fine upstanding citizen, and you can educate all those young whippersnappers. Head over to History.com's Fourth of July page. There's video, historic maps and just about everything else you need to know about the early days of the U.S. Don't forget to read the Declaration of Independence - pretty inspiring stuff.

Next, you need to get to that barbeque, pool party or fireworks show. Check out GasBuddy. Here you can find the cheapest gas in your area to fuel up before heading out. Want to see something really scary? Check out the Historical Price Charts.



The kids are going to need some entertaining, so visit Disney's FamilyFun.com. Here you can print out coloring pages, get tips on arts and crafts, get some party ideas and learn some kid-friendly games for the big barbecue.

What's a 4th of July celebration without a big spread? My favorite part of the holiday. Check out these videos for some sure-fire BBQ.

Ribs!



Burgers!



And my personal favorite, Beer Can Chicken!



Last but not least, you'll need some fireworks. If you don't have your own stockpile, the best place to find fireworks shows in your area is Metromix.com. The major cities are covered, along with their suburbs.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

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